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Illusion

Il`lu´sion
n.1.An unreal image presented to the bodily or mental vision; a deceptive appearance; a false show; mockery; hallucination.
2.Hence: Anything agreeably fascinating and charming; enchantment; witchery; glamour.
3.(Physiol.) A sensation originated by some external object, but so modified as in any way to lead to an erroneous perception; as when the rolling of a wagon is mistaken for thunder.
4.A plain, delicate lace, usually of silk, used for veils, scarfs, dresses, etc.
Noun1.illusion - an erroneous mental representation
Synonyms: semblance
2.Illusionillusion - something many people believe that is false; "they have the illusion that I am very wealthy"
Synonyms: fancy, phantasy, fantasy
3.illusion - the act of deluding; deception by creating illusory ideas
Synonyms: head game, delusion
4.Illusionillusion - an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

ILLUSION. A species of mania in which the sensibility of the nervous system is altered, excited, weakened or perverted. The patient is deceived by the false appearance of things, and his reason is not sufficiently active and powerful to correct the error, and this last particular is what distinguishes the sane from the insane. Illusions are not unfrequent in a state of health, but reason corrects the errors and dissipates them. A square tower seen from a distance may appear round, but on approaching it, the error is corrected. A distant mountain may be taken for a cloud, but as we approach, we discover the truth. To a person in the cabin of a vessel under sail, the shore appears to move; but reflection and a closer examination soon destroy this illusion. An insane individual is mistaken on the qualities, connexions, and causes of the impressions he actually receives, and he forms wrong judgments as to his internal and external sensations; and his reason does not correct the error. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 538; Esquirol, Maladies Mentales, prem. partie, III., tome 1, p. 202. Dict. des Sciences Medicales, Hallucination, tome 20, p. 64. See Hallucination.

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